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Mathematics of love . . .

"Mathematics of Love" is the title poem of a collection by John Edwin Cohen (1941-2012), published in 2011 by Anaphora Literary Press and presented here with press permission. Cohen has used mathematics playfully and does what a mathematician never dares to do, use a mathematical term with other than its precise meaning. Still, perhaps, even math folks may enjoy this application of geometric shape and poetic license!
**Mathematics of Love ** by John Edwin Cohen
**1. **

** Engine of joy**
** arithmetic and sincere**
** holding the hemisphere**
** and geometry of**
** youth**

** circles of air--**
** tangents to everywhere**
** landing in theory**
** and igniting the **
** body**

integers of stars
** like mirrors from mars**
** invaders of laughter**
** from eight to**
** eighty**

architect of toys
** construct of avenues**
** for strutting in the nude**
** imagine? Only ***you *
** and,*** me . . .*
**2.**

** from the**
** geometrix--**
**long, light and love:**

absence
** of darkness--**
**in light's mathematics:**

Tall, lean
** acute of angle!**
**like lost first love.**

**3.**

**from exponents of love**
** her Z's and X's**
** marked ***no exit!*
** extreme &**
** supreme: shape- **

exponentially
** angle of the first kiss,**
** X minus Y to the ninth**
** power, again & again**
** *** whoever can solve her? *

**4. **
** **
** A face whose algebras**
** and parables apparently**
** like lost apparel, fading**

as if A plus B's
** less than was or**
** may ever, ever be?**

I knew you, just as you
** knew me, all my geometry**
** x minus y, pleading as if**

** my hypotenuse**
** falling in love**
** with you--too breeZy?**

as how, now in cosine years
** exponents traded for opponents**
** Where are we? Whose angle's tipping?**

** Who's sipping too**
** many martinis--**
* diagramming with zeroes? *
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